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Alone Together, A Book Review

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"Today’s adolescents have no less need than those of previous generations to learn empathetic skills, to think about their values and identity, and to manage and express feelings. They need time to discover themselves, time to think."

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Acknowledging the side of technology that creates isolation and dilutes empathy is not good for business so let's not talk about it, right.

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How Leaders Can Foster Emotional Intelligence

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Economic Times
5 ways to foster emotional intelligence
Economic Times
Exposing corporate teams to the significance of emotional intelligence is key to building a strongly bonded team.
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Emotional Intelligence (EI) is foundational to any high-performing group.  In this blog, Rica Bhattacharyya shares with us five ways a leader can foster EI in his teams.

 

  1. Lead by example.  Whatever the leader asks of his team he must also ask of himself.
  2. Organize training programs that teach the importance and relevance of EI in the corporate world.
  3. Stress the consequences of negative emotions like greed and jealousy.
  4. Measure the outcomes.  Simply practicing EI is not enough.
  5. Teach through bonding.  The leader must have regular interaction with his employees.

 

 

 

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Expand Your Empathetic Potential

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We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.
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Empathy.  Today, this word is on the lips of business leaders, teachers, scientists, and political activists.  The big question?  How to expand your empathetic potential?

 

"Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives".  Here are six ways:

 

  1. Cultivate curiosity about strangers
  2. Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities
  3. Try another person's life
  4. Listen hard and open up
  5. Inspire mass action and social change
  6. Develop an ambitious imagination

 

The 20th century was the "Age of Introspection" where the belief was that the best way to understand yourself and Life was to look inside yourself. 

 

"The 21st century should become the Age of Empathy" -- discovering yourself not just through self-reflection but by becoming authentically interested in the lives of others.  At home. At work.  And within society as a whole.

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These Things Are Toxic

Why? Well, it's a melancholy tale filled with despair and hope and a Bruce Springsteen song. More CONAN @ http://teamcoco.com/video Team Coco is the official...
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"These things are toxic -- especially for kids", says Louis C.K., referring to cell phones during his September interview with Conan.

 

Kids don't know how to look people in the eye anymore.  There is a loss of empathy.  You need to build an ability to be comfortable with who you are -- without the external devices.

 

On texting and driving: People are willing to run the risk of taking a life and ruining their own instead of being alone with themselves.

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Compassion & The Art of Having Fun

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In the same way that an airline attendant will tell passengers in pre-flight instructions to secure their own oxygen mask before assisting others, in life we need to learn how to feel compassion for ourselves first, before we can be happy or...
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"If you want to be happy, practice compassion; if you want others to be happy, practice compassion."   -- Dalai Lama

 

For most of us, this is easier said than done.  But the bottom line is this: Happiness is linked to compassion; and it begins with your own self-view.

 

When "we can feel a deep sense of gratitude toward ourselves, appreciating our basic good nature -- when we feel self-love, self-worth and self-compassion, we are more capable of meeting life's challenges with success and grace,"  This minimizes anxiety and despair.  There is simply no possibility of having fun in life without first generating self-compassion -- what scientific research now calls "self-affiliation". 

 

Self-affiliation can be created at any time through a very simple exercise that this Huff Post blogger shares.  When self-compassion is actuated, "the ground is set for a fuller enjoyment of life, and a greater ability to have fun!"

 

 

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The Empathy Zone

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The Empathy Zone - http://t.co/GUQEjaKMQ4 - via KR CONNECT
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Do you often find that others are not on the same emotional plane as you are?  That is the question European researchers asked as they devised a test to identify the part of the brain that deals with empathy. 

 

It turns out that our brains are actually trying to help us be more empathetic.  And it is the hope of Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi and the author of this blog, that research will continue to go towards finding ways to improve our empathy levels...Without it, we're not human.

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